The Best LGBTQ Shows on Netflix Right Now (March 2021)

From tears to laughter, this rainbow of shows has it all

LGBTQ shows on the Netflix streaming service have increased a lot in recent years with a growing number of new series featuring strong gay, bi, lesbian, and trans main characters viewers can relate to and learn from. Best of all, these Netflix series cover a range of genres, finally delivering more representation to romance, drama, comedy, mystery, and sci-fi fans.

Here are some of the best lesbian, trans, bi, and gay shows on Netflix worth adding to your list.

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Love Alarm (2019): A Popular Korean Drama About the Perils of Love and Social Media

Korean drama 'Love Alarm'

Netflix

IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Kim So-Hyun, Song Kang, Ga-ram Jung 

Created By: n/a

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 1

Love Alarm is a Korean comedy/drama about a phone app that alerts people if someone in their vicinity likes them and the relationship chaos that ensues. In between all the romantic entanglements is a show that turns a critical eye toward social media and its impact on our mental health. It also features a subplot about a boy who reveals his feelings for another boy via the app, and it handles this narrative tastefully, which is unusual in a Korean drama. While homosexuality is legal in South Korea, it's still socially taboo and many LGBTQ people face discrimination in the country, making Love Alarm's handling of the issue a welcome change from the genre's usual depictions of gay people.

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Amend (2021): A Show About the Struggle for Equal Rights in America

Will Smith stars in 'Amend: The Fight for America'

Netflix

IMDb rating: 5.2/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Will Smith, Mahershala Ali, Laverne Cox

Created By: Robe Imbriano, Tom Yellin

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 1

This limited docuseries takes a look at the civil rights movement in America through the lens of the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship to Black Americans. The show also devotes an entire episode to same-sex marriage equality and the Supreme Court case that led to it in 2015. Hosted by Will Smith, Amend is informative and enjoyable despite its dry subject matter.

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Feel Good (2020): A Relatable Show About Love and Addiction

Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie, and Simon-Anthony Rhoden in 'Feel Good.'

Objective Fiction

IMDb rating: 7.5/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Lisa Kudrow, Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie

Created By: Mae Martin and Joe Hampson

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 2

Feel Good is a charming, if sometimes uncomfortable, British comedy/drama about a comedian and recovering addict named Mae (Mae Martin) and her relationship with a repressed woman named George (Charlotte Ritchie). Mae struggles with her sobriety while George struggles with coming out to her friends and family. Critics call the show "authentic," "bingeable," and "relatable."

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The House of Flowers (2018): For Fans of Telenovelas

Cecilia Suárez, Aislinn Derbez, and Dario Yazbek Bernal in 'The House of Flowers'

Netflix

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Cecilia Suárez, Claudette Maillé, Dario Yazbek Bernal

Created By: Manolo Caro

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 3

The House of Flowers is a black comedy about a Mexican family, the de la Moras, who owns a prestigious flower shop and a cabaret. When the family patriarch's mistress airs all of their dirty laundries before committing suicide, he's thrown in prison, while the rest of the de la Moras struggle to restore their reputations and finances. The show has several LGBTQ characters and plotlines that deal with homophobia and transphobia, and it's been praised for both its dark humor and its addictive soapy format.

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Bonding (2019): BFFs in an Unusual Line of Work

Brendan Scannell and Zoe Levin in 'Bonding.'

Netflix

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Zoe Levin, Brendan Scannell, Micah Stock

Created By: Rightor Doyle

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 2

Bonding explores the friendship between a grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix and her gay BFF who becomes her assistant. The first season sees the pair deal with stage fright, telling their significant others about their work, and more.

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Cable Girls (2017): A Soapy Period Piece Set in 1920s Spain

Blanca Suárez, Nadia de Santiago, Maggie Civantos, and Ana Fernández in 'Cable Girls.'

Netflix

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Blanca Suárez, Yon González, Ana Fernández

Created By: Ramón Campos, Gema R. Neira, Teresa Fernández-Valdés

Rating: TV-14

Seasons: 5

Cable Girls is a period piece set in 1920s Madrid. It chronicles the lives of four women who all work for the National Telephone Company. Each has their own reason for being there, and they form a close friendship as they navigate their personal and professional lives. It's worth watching if you're looking for a little soapy escapism.

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Love Sick: The Series: Best Show Based on an Online Thai BL Novel

Harit Cheewagaroon and Chonlathorn Kongyingyong in 'Love Sick: The Series'

IMDb rating: 7.5/10

Genre: Romance

Starring:  Harit Cheewagaroon, Chonlathorn Kongyingyong, Phumphothingam Nawat

Created By: n/a

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 2

Love Sick: The Series is a Thai TV series that first aired in 2014. It's an adaptation of the online novel Love Sick: The Chaotic Lives of Blue Shorts Guys by INDRYTIMES and focuses on the lives of students attending an all-male college. At the center is Noh, president of the college's music club, and Phun, vice-president of the student council. The series is notable for beginning the so-called "Boys Love" boom in Thailand, a pop culture subgenre that depicts homoerotic relationships between male characters.

Only the first season of Love Sick: The Series is currently available on Netflix.

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The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020): A Tale of Ghosts, Love, and Loss

Amelia Eve, Victoria Pedretti, and Amelie Bea Smith in 'The Haunting of Bly Manor.'

 Netflix

IDMb rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Horror

Starring: Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Amelia Eve

Created By: Mike Flanagan

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 1

Yet another offering from modern-day horror maestro Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Bly Manor is loosely based on Henry James's 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. It uses the same creative team and much of the same cast as Flanagan's previous Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House, which is itself an adaptation of the classic Shirley Jackson novel. While some say Bly Manor isn't as spooky as its predecessor and it's a little slow to start, it's also emotional and heartbreaking. If you're a fan of dark, Gothic stories, give this a chance.

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Grand Army (2020): A Sincere Portrait of Gen Zers

Maliq Johnson and Jaden Jordan in 'Grand Army.'

 Netflix

IDMb rating: 7.5/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Odessa A’zion, Odley Jean, Amir Bageria 

Created By: Katie Cappiello

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 1

Grand Army is a teen drama that focuses on the lives of five high school students as they struggle with issues of sex, race, politics, and more. While it arguably adds nothing new to the genre while discussing those problems, it's helped by a talented cast of young actors, including Amir Bageria who plays Sid, a Harvard-bound swimmer and the son of Indian immigrants struggling with his sexuality. While the show might be a little too gritty for some viewers, it's often sincere in how it portrays Gen Z life.

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Tales of the City (2019): A Revival of Armistead Maupin's Classic Stories

Laura Linney and Paul Gross in 'Tales of the City.'

Netflix

 

IDMb rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Laura Linney, Elliot Page, Paul Gross

Created By: Lauren Morelli

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 1

This series is based on Armistead Maupin's bestselling book of the same name, and it's a revival of the TV show that debuted on PBS in 1993. It takes place in the mid-1970s before the AIDS epidemic and tells the story of a pot-growing landlady and her fascinating tenants. While the 1993 series was considered controversial, this Netflix adaptation is obviously of a different time and lacks some of the impact of the original as a result, but it retains its sweetness and sincerity.

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Pose (2018): Best Gender-Nonconforming Ballroom Drama

Billy Porter in 'Pose'

FX

 

IMDb rating: 8.6/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Billy Porter

Created By: Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 3

Pose is a series about the Black and Latino LGBTQ ballroom culture of the 1980s and '90s. Blanca Rodriguez (Mj Rodriguez) is an HIV-positive trans woman who decides to form her own House, the community's term for a group of dancers, and she quickly finds herself with a new family. The show is a glossy soap opera that also manages to be emotionally affecting as it deals with issues like money, gender, politics, race, and sexuality. Plus, it features an award-winning performance from Billy Porter as a ballroom emcee turned AIDS activist named Pray Tell.

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Schitt’s Creek (2015): Best Ground-Breaking Gay Comedy

Noah Reid and Daniel Levy in Schitt's Creek on Netflix.

POPTV

IMDb rating: 8.5/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy

Created By: Dan Levy, Eugene Levy

Rating: TV-14

Seasons: 6

Schitt’s Creek follows the hilarious misadventures of a rich family who suddenly find themselves out of pocket and are forced to move to a small rural town called, well, Schitt’s Creek. The series features a variety of now-iconic characters skillfully played by perfectly cast actors, but the standout star is the openly-gay series creator, David Levy, who plays the pansexual son, David Rose.

His city character being forced to live in the middle of nowhere makes for numerous laugh-out-loud, fish-out-of-water scenarios, but the show also manages to explore him with sensitivity and earnestness that’s both endearing and relatable. While David does experience a relationship with a female character in its first season, it’s his romance with a closeted gay man in its third that really breaks new ground and quickly proves itself to be one of the best representations of a male same-sex relationship on TV that easily puts other LGBT shows to shame.

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Black Lightning (2018): Featuring TV's First Queer Superhero of Color

Chantal Thuy (left) and Nafessa Williams in 'Black Lightning.'

 Warner Bros.

IMDb rating: 6.1/10

Genre: Action, Drama

Starring: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Created By: Salim Akil

Rating: TV-14

Seasons: 3

Based on the series from DC Comics, Black Lightning is about retired superhero Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who's now working as a high-school principal. But, he suits up once again to save his daughters from trouble. He's back to crime-fighting as Black Lightning full-time soon after. Actress Nafessa Williams made television history playing the first queer superhero of color, Pierce's daughter Anissa. The show has received some acclaim during its four seasons for its portrayal of sexuality and race.

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Special (2019): An Honest Portrayal of Being Both Gay and Disabled

Augustus Prew and Ryan O'Connell in 'Special.'

 Netflix

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Ryan O'Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel

Created By: Ryan O'Connell

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 1

Based on Ryan O'Connell's memoir I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, Special is about a gay man named Ryan who lives with cerebral palsy. Like the book, the show is honest, funny, and self-aware. O'Connell stars as himself in the Netflix series, for which he also serves as executive producer and writer, and it's getting a second season in the near future.

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Grace and Frankie: Best Depiction of an Older Gay Couple

Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen in 'Grace and Frankie'

Netflix

IMDb rating: 8.3/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen

Created By: Marta Kauffman, Howard J. Morris

Rating: TV-MA

Seasons: 6

Grace and Frankie is a show about two women in their 70s who move in together when their husbands reveal they're gay and in a 20-year relationship. Sure, that premise sounds like a pure sitcom cliché. But there are a lot of things to like in this Netflix comedy, and one is the portrayal of Sol (Sam Waterston) and Robert's (Martin Sheen) relationship.

The idea that Sol and Robert want to live openly gay and get married is very relatable, but their happiness comes at their wives' expense, and the show's first season doesn't shy from that. Waterston and Sheen are iconic actors and they make their characters' relationship–with themselves and their ex-wives–believable and complex.

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